PPH: Mills faced with filling two key energy posts (PUC and Public Advocate)

Mills has a chance to fill key energy post as LePage appointee’s PUC term ends


The 6-year term of Bruce Williamson, an economist who was nominated to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by then-Gov. Paul LePage in 2015, ended in March.

As Mills zeroes in on a PUC commissioner, she also will be considering her pick to head the Office of Public Advocate, an independent agency that represents consumers in utility matters.

To hit those targets, Ahearn said, the PUC will have to “step up its game” to direct Maine’s utilities to upgrade the grid.

“To achieve those goals, we’ve got to electrify and do it fast,” she said.

Of course, there’s a cost to making such upgrades. How that spending is shared between utility shareholders and electric ratepayers is a consistent source of tension in PUC decisions, one that may become magnified during the term of a new regulator.

“We’re talking about completely remaking our grid infrastructure, moving toward beneficial electrification and a new clean-energy supply,” said Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association. “All those things will require a significant oversight role at the PUC.”

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on April 19, 2021 at 11:08am

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Comment by Art Brigades on April 17, 2021 at 2:48pm

The PUC is supposed to be apolitical with no agenda or activism. This could be ugly if Mills throws a bone to the hacks who think the PUC should help advance their agendas. LePage actually appointed some really good impartial jurists who were completely Augusta outsiders, but also completely smart. 

Comment by arthur qwenk on April 17, 2021 at 10:46am

Squeeze more  Utility "Juice" from the already squeezed Citizen  Turnips?

Good luck!

Vacate Maine for your own survival.


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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